Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to a traffic collision late Wednesday (October 28) on Highway 130 near the intersection of Kukula Street by Keaʻau High School.
At 10 p.m. Wednesday, Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of a crash between a motorcycle and a sports-utility vehicle that was traveling against traffic. Witnesses reported that a gold Hyundai SUV had been traveling in the Keaʻau-bound direction in the Pāhoa-bound lane of travel when it struck a Honda motorcycle head-on that was traveling in the Pāhoa-bound lane of travel.
The motorcyclist, a 30-year-old Pāhoa man who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, where he remains in fair condition.
The driver of the SUV was not in or around the vehicle when police arrived. Officers searched the surrounding brush area but were unable to locate the driver.
The case has been classified as a negligent injury.
Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who knows the identity or location of the SUV’s driver to call the Police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.